Tickets to the Monument «Astana-Baiterek»
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The Baiterek Monument can be safely called one of the most recognizable monuments of the capital of Kazakhstan. The idea of rising the monument belongs to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Nursultan Nazarbayev. The idea of building the monument was arose by Nazarbayev on board the presidential plane, during the flight. The plan of the futuristic design was depicted on a napkin paper. The monument itself contained a profound philosophical meaning, interpreting the views of the ancient nomads.
The Ishim river (the left tributary of the Irtysh) embodies the World River, on the shore of which there grows the “Tree of Life” “Baiterek”. According to Nazarbayev, “anyone who rises up Baiterek, will absorb the steppe breadth of Kazakhstan”. In the center of the hall there is a wooden globe with autographs left by representatives of 17 religions. Nearby there is the composition “Ayala Alakan” with the impression of the right hand of the President.
Visitors to Baiterek monument believe that if they make a wish, while putting their palm into the imprint, it will certainly be fulfilled.
Baiterek is a symbol of independent Kazakhstan, the main attraction of our capital. In this regard, the flow of people wishing to visit Baiterek is not decreasing, and there arise queues. With Astana CityPASS smart card, you pass the queue at the ticket office, but, unfortunately, you should wait in the queue.
The author of this project, like many other unique buildings of the capital, was the English architect Norman Foster. Construction took place under the guidance of domestic architects B. Islamov and A. Rustembekov. Having assembled a talented team of designers, engineers and designers, they rose a magnificent structure, which became not only a symbol of the capital, but the symbol of the whole country. The construction of Baiterek monument took 6 years and lasted from 1996 to 2002.
Immediately after the opening, the monument “Astana-Baiterek” was awarded by the prestigious Grand Prix award in a competition organized by the International Association of the Union of Architects (MASA) of the CIS countries.
Inside the monument is divided into three zones, which corresponds to the notion of the Tree of Life, personifying the universe. In the first, the so-called underground level, there are located aquariums, a cafe and an exhibition gallery, in which there are presented art objects of talented Kazakhstan artists.
The second level, called the ground level, is a tower inside in which there move high-speed elevators. The third level is called a heaven one, this is the glass sphere itself, which opens a panoramic view of the beauty of the young capital to the tourists.
The monument “Astana-Baiterek” is not only an architectural monument or a high-class engineering structure, it is the embodiment of the ideology of the whole state, which is proud of its past, frozen in the roots of the Tree, appreciates its present, which has become a firm support for the future, to which our country is firmly and confidently stepping.
The Baiterek monument is one of the main attractions of the capital, which every tourist should visit, so a lot of tourists visit the top of the monument every day, sometimes creating queues for buying tickets at the ticket office. On average Baiterek is visited by about 500 thousand tourists a year.
In 2017, there was carried out major repairs and reconstruction of Baiterek, a lot of work was done on interior decoration. After the restoration, the price of a ticket to Baiterek has changed. For adults, the ticket price for the Monument is 700 tenge, the price for children has increased to 300 tenge.
In the monument “Astana-Baiterek” everything was created for a comfortable stay, along with an amazing atmosphere and magnificent views to the capital, for guests here there are provided cozy cafes-bars, a shop with souvenirs, polite staff, always ready to come to you to aid.